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A Major Pentatonic Scale

This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, and positions for the A Major Pentatonic scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major pentatonic scale, see Major Pentatonic Scale Positions.

Notes of A Major Pentatonic Scale

The A Major Pentatonic Scale contains three natural notes and two sharps.

A – B – C# – E – F#

Scale Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 5thMajor 6th
NotesABC#EF#

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the A Major Pentatonic scale.

Position 1

A major pentatonic scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

A major pentatonic scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

A major pentatonic scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

A major pentatonic scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

A major pentatonic scale position 5 diagram

Parent and Relative Scales

Relative Minor of A Major Pentatonic: F# Minor Pentatonic | F# – A – B – C# – E

Parent Major of A Major Pentatonic: A Major Scale | A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#

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Guitar Key Guide

Guitar Key Guide is a valuable reference for quickly determining the chords and scale patterns for all major and minor keys. It includes the following:

  • Basics of diatonic harmony and key theory
  • Chords for all the major and minor keys (5 shapes for each chord based on the CAGED system)
  • 5 patterns of the major and minor scales for each major and minor key
  • Theory behind building key chords from major and minor scales
  • 103 pages

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